build order on 25tgh January 1943 with Pickersgill
at Sunderland for A/S Frigate LOCH
GLASS changed in 1944 to
AA Frigate The ship was laid down as
Number 4795 (Yard Number 263) on 29th
April 1944 and launched on 12th
April 1944 as HMS LUCE BAY. After launch
the contract was terminated on 6th
June 1944 and she was towed to Devonport
for completion by HM Dockyard as HMS
LUCE BAY. Build design was changed for use
as a Survey Ship during fitting out.
Before completion in January 1947 the name
was again changed to HMS DALRYMPLE.
Build was completed on 10th February 1949.
In common with the other four Ex
LOCH Class frigate hulls converted into
survey ships the name chosen was that
of a notable British hydrographer.
(1737 - 1808).
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On a Field White, nine lozenges conjoined
for service on 10th February 1948.
Officer: Captain A. Day, CBE, DSO
repair to defects found on trials
carried out shoal
examinations off Spain during passage to
Malta and called at Gibraltar.
(April - August).
Detached parties landed for
survey of Grand Harbour creeks using 2
survey motor boats.
offshore work with Beacons in Malta
Taut wire measurements made.
(Note: Type 972 most effective and
visited by both FO Malta and CinC
Tripoli Harbour Clearance and
Depth Examination (May)
Detached party with 2 survey
motor boats left behind on departure.
Officer: Captain EHB Baker, DSO (
Malta Channel work 50% complete
Refit at Gibraltar (July)
(Note: Excess wear found in
stem tubes and "A" Bracket bearings after
only 6 months service.)
Towed Lighter C647 from
Gibraltar on return to survey work (July)
shore work completed.
Grand Harbour incomplete due to
access problems in some areas (August)
to Persian Gulf (September).
MFV90. Speed limited by tow and duration
extended by defects in MFV.
Tripoli harbour sweeping work
Visited Socotra with Sultan's
stipend (in Marie Theresa dollars) and Mjkalla
by Resident whilst MFV under repair (October).
Gulf (November 1949 - March 1950).
of Northern approaches to Bahrain.
Commenced triangulation before
Xmas break at Basrah
(Note: Operating difficulties
because of weather
use made of ship for sounding work.
Discussed survey requirements
with OWEN prior to joint survey work
(January - February).
Doha visit restricted by
weather conditions (February)
Detached parties landed by both
ships with Jeeps at Fuwairat.
planned tasks including coast lining.
after leaving Aden.
positions fixed and improvements
Officer: Captain EG Irving,
OBE ( /04/50)
Mediterranean (May - October).
survey in Adventure Bank area between
Malta and Sicily.
Measured Mile off Ghain
survey for Fleet Navigation Officer.
Refit Period at Gibraltar (July to
Local harbour survey began on
arrival. 14 Days Station leave granted.
Dockyard work included
lengthening funnel by 12 feet to improve
shore accommodation arrangements.
Oh completion checked new
submarine target positioned off Gibraltar
to test A/S equipment.
Captain visited Spanish Hydrographer
at Cadiz and laboratory at Malaga.
(October - November).
on lines of no magnetic variation in Red
Sea and in Perim
Gulf (November 1950 to February
at Bahrain. Survey NW of Qatar commenced with
Tide Watching parties detached
Progress delayed by Shamal conditions.
and Abadan over Xmas/New
and social exchanges with Oil Company
Survey in Bahrein
approaches with further
delays by weather.
Anchor damage sustained.
to UK (February - March).
for UK to pay off on 15 February.
Shoal Examinations in Red Sea
and near Cape Bon.
Inspection in Malta.
Diversion to assist mv BONAIRE off
Start Point cancelled. Arrived at Plymouth
on 20 March
Refit (April - July).
Both propeller shafts replaced;
Fire in Paint Shop extinguished by ships
staff. A/S 162 fitted and E/S 765
replaced by E/S 767.
21 June 1951
Officer: Commander Irving
to Indian Ocean (July).
at Gibraltar to land medical case.
Shoal examination work in
Mediterranean abandoned due to weather and
another off Zubair
in Red Sea was unsuccessful. Brief stay at
leave to Somali's.
Zanzibar Approaches (August -
Preparatory work proceeded
without interruption as unrest in Zanzibar
Detached parties for tide
watching and clearance before setting up
Future work discussed with
shore authorities at Mombasa. Investigated
existing land survey marks.
Astronomer Royal advised of
queries and asked Hydrographer
to make further
Field and boat work started.
Shoal areas discovered notified to local
During visit to Pemba
invitation to local 'bull baiting' (dating
back to Portuguese
arranged. Excellent local assistance and
hospitality provided Programme completed
and shore parties recovered.
Bahrain in company with LOCH GLENDHU.
Persian Gulf (December 1951 - March 1952)
Alum Shoal survey prior to provision of
Planned Jetty near HMS JUFAIR
Detached parties and
reconnaissance prior to setting up Marks
and triangulation work (December).
at Bahrain with Dance for Servicemen
arranged by Lady Hay,
wife of Political Resident.
Arson attempt in Boiler Room by
ME rating failed
(Note: Returned to UK as schizophrenic
Work in Western approaches to
Um Said with OWEN delayed by shamal
Detached parties continued
shore work. Beacons set up. R&R at Urn
to Basra for Manorial Service after
death of King George
On return increased boat work
and other activity to make up for earlier
Shamal conditions persisted until May
but ship sounding not seriously affected.
Survey liaison established with
US Navy survey ship (USS VALCOUR) for
vehicle available for first time during
Passage to Mediterranean (April
and magnetic checks.
Called at Hallamya,
Extensive shoal examinations
carried out in Red Sea.
(April 1952 - June 1952).
off Crete for Cambridge University.
Annual Inspection at Malta
Passage via Messina Straits to
attend International Hydrographic
Berthed alongside International Hydrographic
international visitors and Rear Admiral
of the Navy hosted reception
Continuation of Adventure Bank
and Grand Harbour work with detached
parties in Malta (May to June)
Sicily Channel Taut wire
measurements using Beacons and least depth
checks by boats.
Interim Refit and Chart
preparation at Gibraltar (July - October]
Local sounding work in harbour
by detached party
Captain visited Spanish Hydrographic
Office at Cadiz.
Dockyard work delayed till
(Note: Two Somali ratings
returned to Aden after messdeck
On completion of dockyard work
took passage to Gibraltar
Flag Officer Gibraltar embarked
for first official visit to Cadiz by Royal
Navy since 1936.
Sporting exchanges and visits
by Spanish hydrographers.
Ship's boats rescued FLAMINGO
ratings from water on two separate
New Commanding Officer
Commander R Bill, DSO RN appointed
to Persian Gulf.
Embarked 22 soldiers for
passage to Port Said from Malta (November)
Assisted in repair of telephone
cable off Aden (December)
Soundings recorded during
Persian Gulf Survey (December
1952 - March 1953.
Progress discussion with HMS OWEN
Short survey at Bahrein (December)
arrangements at Bahrain similar to 1951.
- Yas area
survey off Trucial Coast with OWEN (January
to March )
with HMS OWEN for CinC
East Indies visit in
Dubai dhow rescued (February).
Survey work additionally
delayed by severe shamal
conditions which caused much
to East Africa.
Investigations carried out into
best methods of landing equipment over
open beaches in anticipation of future
East African Coast (April -
Continuation of Zanzibar area
Detached parties carried out
ceremonies and R&R.
Mombasa for International Indian Ocean
requirements in 1954.
Passages to and from Refit at
Governor and Lady Crawford at Seychelles
for passage to
to Devonport for interim refit period
On return passage to Persian
Gulf called at Aden to embark Somali
Completed Survey of Ras Mandrake
Persian Gulf (December 1953 -
Daz (?) area survey by ship only as
weather prevented use of boats.
OWEN to discuss progress of survey work.
Detached party landed for tidal
measurements at Yaz
early for medivac
and New Year at Bahrain.
Survey resumed and completed
despite interruption for two medivacs.
Ship grounded on coral pinnacle
- Log unit damaged (20 January).
Officer: Commander J T K
New area survey commenced (Hallul - Hadid)
but delay experienced
due to weather.
Barge (VYC144) under tow during
passage from Bahrain to Basra sank (27
Buoyed wreck for later recovery
.Basra R&R visit coincided
with international exhibition attended by
King Hussein of Jordan
of Iraq. 25% of survey work planned for
Persian Gulf completed (April).
to Zanzibar (April).
workman for landing at Khor
Soundings and detached party
tidal work at Qibliya
emergency - evacuated by air from Salalah.
(Note: Assistance from HMS OWEN
African Survey Work (April - December
Preparatory work for Zanzibar
harbour approaches survey (May).
in search for defective underwater
Visited Mombasa (May)
Passage to Simonstown
for refit (May)
out Shoal examination off Hully
to Salisbury Island SAN Base near
damage during heavy weather whilst on
passage to Simonstown.
and essential defects (June -
Repairs needed to steering gear
and machinery defects found during sea
(Note: Lack of lubricating oil
in shaft Plummer Blocks.
Subsequent Court Martial found
rating guilty of one of 3 charges
involving this defect.)
At request of Portuguese
Government searched for rock off Punta Zavoma
foundered in January 1953.
Southern approaches to Zanzibar
survey (October 1954 - January 1955).
Detached parties deployed for for
coast lining and boat sounding.
Local harbour survey at request
of Port authority
(Note: Severe storm whilst in harbour
but ship rode
Escorted Royal Yacht for visit
.Despite delays completion as
planned for end December.
Visit to Pemba included Bull
Fight and disappointing behaviour by libertymen
Exercises were carried out with
Royal East African Navy vessels during
Xmas and New Year spent at
(Note: Social exchanges including
performances by Ship's Concert Party and
Dance arrange by British
Improved shore behaviour noted.
Passage to Mediterranean (January 1955).
Triangulation work in Malta by
Royal Engineers discussed during call at
(February - May 1955).
Large scale survey at Famgusta, Cyprus
using detached parties (January -
Malta coastline and offshore
areas surveyed in conjunction with RE
Survey Team (See above).
RN work included: -
Grand Harbour and other Creeks
by detached parties
Fleet Exercise Areas and bays
together with coastal areas by ship.
wire measuring gear frequently used.
Fire in Galley due to Deep Fat
Fryer being left switched ON.
(Note: Incorrect fire-fighting
Total cost of repair and rewiring
Display of Hydrographic
work arranged to encourage candidates for
Continuation of Adventure Bank
work from 1953 (May)
Met OWEN at Gibraltar
at Plymouth 30 May.
6 July 1955
Officer: Commander JTK Paisley
Refit Period (June - September
Port main engine re-aligned.
Shaft bearings overheated during trials.
Clearance parameters revised in
Captain and officers attended
launch of Zanzibar Government ship at Kingswear
Hydrographer visited ship (September)
No Somali ratings carried and
accommodation used as Gunroom for officers
(September 1955 - Mid May 1956).
Detached parties in Malta
continued Grand Harbour and creeks survey.
Ship Soundings and
triangulation of the Exercise Areas
progressed but hampered by weather.
Bank and Pantelleria
sweeping and shoal examination (February
Magnetic observations using new
Sorrento for R&R.
Monaco for the wedding of Price Rainier
to Grace Kelly.
(Note: Floodlit and Guard
Premature SUBSUNK operation for
HM Submarine SEA DEVIL
EXPEDITION party making journey to Cape Bon IN SHIP’S WHALER
because of weather (May)
Passage to UK (May).
party at Syracuse to return overland to
Plymouth on minimum
Interim Refit at Devonport
(July - September 1956)
Cdr. JD Winstanley
delay by repair work on refrigeration
equipment and on
post refit trials defects.
Service (October 1956 - April 1957
During visit to Gibraltar for
repair of weather damage newly dredged are
of harbour swept to confirm no
Grand Harbour and coastal work
continued on arrival at Malta.
inspection by Flag Officer Malta.
from planned Tobruk
take part in Operation MUSKETEER on 27th
Joined Convoy MES2 and required
for wreck dispersal duty.
(Note: Additional depth charges
stowage had been fitted earlier
transferred from HM Depot Ship FORTH.
Port Said on 6 November.
other ships in task of clearance of
access to Canal.
(Note: This was of major
importance and clearly suited to a survey
The RN Staff Officer (Salvage) -
Commander JRL Dore, DSC joined on 7
December to assist
(First Lord of the Admiralty) and other
senior officers visited ship on 14th
Some sniping and small arms fire
took place before 22 December when all RN
warships were withdrawn.
UN Flag was then worn and RN
Liaison Officer to UN Emergency Force,
Captain TE Podger)
During period of service with UN
personnel wore overalls and berets and
ships flew UN flag
Saluting guns had been removed and
four Finnish guards remained on board at
all times as independent
Communications facilities were
provided until ship released from UN
Seven of the known 23 wrecks were
removed by DALRYMPLE staff.
Morale was excellent throughout
and various out
of hours emergencies were tackled in a
Sailed for Cyprus two days
later with Z-Lighter in tow for delivery
No shore leave had been
possible for 11 weeks and a special
was approved by CinC
Visited Palermo and Naples after a 3 day return to survey of
Malta Exercise areas.
Malta Area (February - March
Coastal survey including Gozo and
Exercise areas was completed and joined
military shore survey.
Detached Party triangulation in
to UK (March - April).
Sailed to Gibraltar on 20th
Shoal examination and difficult
core sampling work.
Boat work carried out in
dredged area of harbour at Gibraltar.
Embarked military and RAF personnel
for passage (April)
Planned provision of Cover for passage
Landing Craft Tank in Atlantic passage
due to weather conditions
which delayed arrival at Plymouth.
UN Flag and Suez Company flag on arrival
at Devonport on 8
21 May 1957
Officer: Lieutenant Commander JD Winstanley
Refit Period at Devonport
(April - June)
Range DECCA System equipment (Ex OWEN)
Detached parties sent to Moll
of Galloway area to find suitable sites
for Slave Stations (May).
Trial planning meeting with
ASRE and Geodetic scientists (June)
Carried out 2 Range DECCA
Equipment Trials (June)
(Note: Measurements made from
shore positions whilst ship steamed from
Lands End to Holyhead.)
On completion Slave Station
calibration was effected with ship at Port
Patrick, near Stranraer.
Coast Scotland Survey (July - October).
Tobermory harbour by detached party and
ship sounding (July)
Local survey of Lerwick area with
of Mill Least Depth sweeping over wreck
(Note: Five punishment warrants
for discipline offences by a minority of
new ship's company.
Carried out survey in Western
Approaches to North Channel (August -
2 Range DECCA Survey.
Slave Stations at Port Ellen,
Islay and Benbane
Head, NW of Portrush,
Tide watching Party at Portnahaven,
and later Bruichladdich
(Islay) and Ihstrhall
.Poor weather caused damage to
ship and at Benbane
Head Slave Station.
Leave period at Liverpool
party at Londonderry for Lough Foyle
sounding across North Channel in poor
weather which reduced
of Asian 'flu reduced effort available.
to Devonport (November).
survey at Dartmouth with detached party
(Note: 23 relatives joined ship
for return trip to Devonport.)
Coast Survey (February - May 1958).
Officer: Commander DW Haslam
Navy 1975 – 1985)
investigations in the Solent area.
harbour and Medina River survey by
Charts and hydrography
exhibition at Portsmouth Navy Days (May).
Refit Period (June 1958 - July 1959).
972 Radar by special new design Type 979
with improved ranging facility.
Plotting Room to improve
facilities needed survey using 2
Range DECCA equipment.
to suit a cafeteria system of messing.
bunks were to replace use
Hull damaged by HM Destroyer
DECOY during internal dockyard ship
movement (August 1958).
7 July 1959
Officer: Captain G. S. Ritchie, DSC.
Rear Admiral, CB, DSC and Hydrographer
of the Navy)
Trials in the North Sea (July)
Slave Stations set up in East
Anglia and ship fixed using TELLUROMETER
Visited Peterhead, near
(Note: Wide ranging social
programme included dances, football match
against local prison and local Beauty
to Persian Gulf (September - October).
Inspection prior to departure (August).
Cambridge scientific team lead
by Dr Tom Allan embarked for trials of new
design towed magnetometer.
Trial on Echo Sounder Type MS26J by
scientist during passage to Gibraltar
Magnetometer outfit also tested
in Atlantic and Mediterranean prior to use
Traverses in Red
passages made between African and Arabian
shores using magnetometer
Presence of Shoal in Red Sea
confirmed but completion of survey delayed
by radar defect.
hot passage and arrived in Aden with
water boat strike
aggravated need to replenish
fresh water supplies.
measurements were obtained in Indian
Persian Gulf Surveys (October
1959 - March 1960).
Ship Survey: Jazirat Halul
- Das Island.
(November - December)
Slave Stations set up at Unn Said, in
Qatar and on Jazirat
180 miles westward.
(Note: Considerable difficulty
experienced in landing equipment and
stores at Zarqa
Problems also had to be surmounted
before site near Unn
Said was ready for use.
suitable position on large sand
dune was not easily accessible for heavy
stations ready for use by 13
Tide-watching station set up on
Ship work interrupted by
salvage of Landrover
(See below) and shamal
Coastal Survey with Boats
and West of Dalma
(October 1959 - February 1960)
Camps set up at Gagah Island and at Raz
al Hazra on
Inflatable raft carrying Landrover
damaged and sank during use.
(Note: Vehicle retrieved with
aid of divers
and flotation drums.
After Repair on
board set back to use (November).
During initial calibration work
on 2 Range DECCA a steel barge which had
broken away whilst under tow
from Doha was located and saved
Operation LINK I (November)
Special survey in conjunction
with Qatar Petroleum Company aimed at
fixing the position of the Mussandam
in relation to Iranian shore.
network on Iranian side of Hormuz
Strait from survey in 1949-51 by Iranian
join with that established in 1931 by HMS
Detached parties established
near Ras al Khaimah
TELLUROMETER and theodolite
(Note: This was supported by
Poor weather conditions
prevented completion before helicopter had
to return to oil company duties
party from ship gave successful
during R&R periods at Bahrain for
and oil company staff from Umm Said and Daz
the Christmas period at
Karachi two performances were given
simultaneously at the Gymkhana
On return to Bahrein for annual
inspection a detached party carried out
sweeping work at Sitra
approach channel to Khor Kaliya.
(Note: Channel buoys were the
fixed using radar and Taut Wire gear.
In this period Persian Gulf RN
Football Cup was won by ship's
Continuation of survey (January
Establishment of new base camp
for detached coastal party involved
passage through an uncharted
area in fog
with attendant reliance on E/S and radar.
Ship resumed soundings work off
existing Slave Stations.
Coastal work and ship sounding
was continued off Halul
using 2 Range DECCA slave
which personnel were exchanged periodically.
(Note R&R at Doha and Ihm Said.)
Shamal conditions resulted in damage
to anchor (27 January).
anchor obtained on temporary loan from
SHELL MARINE at Doha (February)
Diverted to fix site of new
DECCA commercial radio navigation Chain
Station at Shaikh
on Iranian side of Gulf and to fix
position of Shah Alum Shoal Light where
there had been several groundings
Previous Triangulation work carried out by OWEN linked with current
survey of southern
for distance measurement.
Coastal passage Ghaga - Naiti
Local survey completed at Umm
Said by detached party (February).
Medical emergency (March)
Recorder rating diagnosed as requiring
immediate attention to deal with a
Medical Officer assisted by Sick
Berth Chief Petty Officer and the Supply
Officer carried out the operation
to the relief of all concerned (3 March).
Patient landed at Doha to convalesce
in civil hospital.
recovering all detached parties and slave
made an 65 mile passage using newly
inshore route from Gahah
Island through Na Itah
Strait and southward of Yasat
General comments reported
following this commission included
Improvement in local facilities
provided by JUFAIR such as mail deliveries
and film exchanges
Satisfactory radio communications
always available to maintain contact with
the five detached parties
Investigations made by Work
Study Team relating to use of new
maintenance system (January).
Passage to Passage to UK (March - May).
Soundings made on Murray Ridge
in Indian Ocean and refuelled at Karachi
examination in Brothers Light area in
Red Sea (March).
survey in Malta.
Shoal examination off Cape Eon
using Beacons and assisted by four Coastal
Called at Tunis and embarked
Admiralty underwater scientist for
oceanographic work (April).
very adverse sea conditions in this 3
Carried out planned shoal
examination work off Cape St. Vincent
Plymouth for refit 12 May 1960.
Refit Period (May - September).
Officer: Lieut. Commander M. Baker (
by catamaran after being struck by HM
during dockyard movement.
Consequential structural repair
carried out by
Speed of 17.4 knots achieved
during power trials on completion of refit
No machinery bearing problems.
Hydrographer of the Navy embarked for
sounding task north of Eddystone
to Persian Gulf (September -
Sailed from Plymouth on 13th September.
Mediterranean transit coincided
with NATO exercise (September).
(Note: Yellow flag flown to
show ship was not involved.)
Aden 5th October.
Rendezvous with HM Frigate LOCH
RUTHVEN to embark First Lord of the
Admiralty (Lord Carrington)
transfer during passage to Bahrein
Persian Gulf (
October 1960 - March 1961).
Local survey in Sitra Channel
Diverted to assist with
fire-fighting on ss
POLYANA abandoned 95 miles east
(Note: This major salvage
operation lasted over 7 days.
Inadequate stock of Foam available
Derelict ship was towed
back to Bahrain.
Substantial Salvage awards were
Ship sounding began in Balul area on
completion of salvage work. Operation
LINK H (November).
Continuation of LINK I (See
(Note: Two Helicopters provided
by Qatar Petroleum Company.)
Detached party landed by helicopter
on Iranian Islands of Qishm
for TELLUROMETER and
Iranian Navy Liaison Officer
embarked at Bandar Abbas.
DECCA Slave stations
(Note: A US Navy Survey was
in the area
Linking measurements completed by 26
Checks made on accuracy of new
commercial DECCA Chain for use by merchant
Mussandam Peninsular survey (December
1960 - January 1961)
party at Khor
tide watching, local sounding and coastlining
southern shore of the
Hormuz. Slave stations retained at
Boat Soundings made in Khor whilst
ship dealt with open waters.
Christmas was spent at Unn Said.
(Note. Extensive social and seasonal
exchanges with British Community and DECCA
Tidal gauge was set up at Sharjah
(One rating accommodated at RAF
Ship soundings in Arabian Sea
(January - February 1961)
Proposed site for automatic
tide gauge at Masirah
area on Qnani
coast was surveyed.
Partial eclipse of the sun
proved disappointing (February)
emergency. Captain landed by boat at Masirah and
went by air to Aden with suspected
proved false alarm (February).
Checks made on DECCA Chain in
Shah Alum Shoal area (February)
Return passage by inshore
channel (FAKK AL ASAD) between mainland
and Mjsandam Island
instead of Hormuz Strait shipping lane
(February). Recovered Slave Stations
equipment and arrived at Aden on 20 March.
Passage to UK
measurements at 6 Stations and Shoal
Red Sea (March).
Mediterranean (April - May).
Planned survey work in Cyprus
for 2 Range DECCA survey on Adventure
Bank and Pantelliria
Bank based at Malta.
Delayed whilst clearance
obtained to set up Slave Stations at
Sciacca and Marsala,
to land equipment.
Ship sounding work and sweeping
completed in four
survey in Malta in Msida
entrance by detached party (April).
Slave equipment at Marsala
Arrived at Plymouth on 18 May
Hydrographer of the Navy visited ship Navy
before start of refit.
21st August 1961
Commanding Officer: Commander HR Hatfield
Refit Period (June - September
(Note: Work included:
Quarterdeck corrosion below wooden
replaced by new VIDAL-type.
Bridge Plotting Office enlarged and
air conditioning unit fitted.
Completion delayed by late
delivery of winch controllers and
extensive A&A work.
New design Proton Magnetometer
using towed sensor and on board Recorder
to Persian Gulf (September -
Three scientists from London
University embarked for magnetic
Msida survey work continued whilst
Automatic tide gauge set up at Masirah
and Survey work in conjunction with BP
(Note: Now site of a major oil
Ridge investigations in Indian Ocean
Gulf (October 1961 - February 1962).
Detached Party landed at Bahranni
Island off Trucial coast for tidal
Ship sounding in approaches to
Abu Dhabi and took rock samples (November)
Survey carried out on Trucial Coast
between Sir Abu Nu'air
Abu Dhabi (November 1961 - January
Detached parties landed for
triangulation and measurements ashore.
sounding with beacons.
(Note: Rating injured after
fall landed at Abu Dhabi for air transport
demonstration for Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
survey of approaches to Sitra
on Bahrain Island.
(Note: This period was marked
with a series of irritating
for several days.
Boiler Feed pump
and Engine Throttle Valve defects.
Use of hand lead
sounding when Boats E/S Recorder Unit
for medical emergency work at Doha.
Political adviser requested
assistance to vaccinate the entire
to Mediterranean (March).
Tide Gauge at Masirah
become submerged in sand.
Checks also made on Commercial
DECCA Chain operation.
Cyprus (April - May).
Inspection by Commodore, Cyprus.
of North Coast Survey.
and boat sounding off Cape Andreas and
Bay to Nbra
Detached parties landed for
coast lining and setting up control marks
periods at Famagusta, Kyrenia
and at Salamis, Greece).
Intact but cracked amphora
recovered by shallow water diver at
Increase in alcohol-related
offences compared with the number when in
Persian Gulf area.
Carried out Alongside-RAS for
Haifa Visit (May).
hospitality by Israeli
excursions provided to
Jerusalem, Nazareth, Sea of Galilee and
and reciprocal social events.
Passage to UK (May).
OWEN for period of joint exercises in
Delay caused by defective
circulating pump bearing after leaving
Families joined ship for
machinery pre-refit trial on June 1st.
Refit Period (June - September
Financial limits on Dockyard
(Note: Only mandatory A&A,
repair to survey equipment and boats.
Liaison was established with Staff
and pupils of Notre Dame High School,
Sea trials marked by a series
of defects and a Submarine Emergency
and relatives were embarked on one day of
Hydrographer of the Navy visited ship and
transferred to HMS
to Persian Gulf (September -October).
Two scientists embarked
magnetometer work, rock samples and water
sampling at various depths.
Leak caused during rough
passage repaired at Gibraltar
(Note: Fete held on board off
(?)Zagar Island, Red Sea, collected
for Plymouth Charities.)
Tide Gauge party landed at Aden
for air passage to Masirah.
Ridge Scientific Examinations and sampling
work carried out
Excellent readings were
obtained by the magnetometer
which sustain sane damage
by collision with a shark (October).
Gulf (November 1962 - March 1963).
Dhabi area Continuation (November)
Coast-lining party landed at
Sir Abu N'air
and extensive ship sounding.
interruption by Shamal
were made by TELLUROMETER and astronomical
period at Karachi.
On return passage participated in Indian Ocean International
characteristics and extent of Murray
Note: It was found to be SW
a chain of
extending from Continental Shelf off
Sampling work and magnetometer
sampling and an investigation of wrecks
by shallow water
divers North of Qatar.
Checks made on accuracy of
Commercial DECCA Chain recently introduced
for mercantile use (January 1963)
Kuwait Approaches survey
progressed (January - February 1963).
from programmed visit to Maldives for 14
duty at Can.
During passage leak in the
Engine Room repaired
(Note: One of crew of sea-boat
thrown into water when lowering mechanism
failed was recovered safely
exchanges with the RAF Station.
from duty ship sailed for Cyprus via Aden.
Completion of Cyprus Survey
(April - May).
by detached parties and sounding by
survey boats and
ship in uncomfortable conditions.
Shoal examination south of Limassol.
End of programme covering 25 years.
Passage to UK to
shore rocks in Malta area fixed in
response to Admiralty
period in Gibraltar.
a 'Rock Ape' (Simon) banished
from Gibraltar after misconduct (chasing juniors and
homes). To be transferred to a Zoo in
Television crews and families came
on board for entry into harbour.
18 June 1963
Officer: Commander H. R.
Work-up and shakedown (July -
in Plymouth Navy Days and open to
Transfer to Sales List at end
of next period under consideration.
NW Approaches (September 1963 -
and oceanographic work in poor weather.
samples and magnetometer measurements in
Rockall sea area.
parties in Ulster at Lisahally
for coastal work.
collision at Greenock with RFA ROWANOL
and Essential Defect Repair (November
1963 to January
(Note: Starboard shaft removed
Boiler tubes replaced.
W. M. Powell (28/01/64)
Approaches Continuation (January - June
Hydrographer visited ship before departure.
Fisheries Inspectors and
scientists embarked for series of
scientific studies at oceanographic
Rockall Cruise (March).
Sampling and water temperature
measurement work hampered by weather Force
Inflatable rafts lost in severe weather
Four compartments completely
and damage to Dome mechanism
Repair undertaken in Liverpool
and Inquiry held (March)
Detached Parties sent to set up
Slave Stations and for coastlining
work in Ulster
completion of repair continued
in Liverpool (May).
2nd Rockall cruise (May).
position of Rockall.
at Stations between Malin
Head and Rockall.
Chemical Sampling undertaken
and Towed Electrodes used for collection
Sonar search made for
obstructions during return passage.
Annual Inspection at Davenport
Completed survey off Ulster
Visited Belfast and carried out
sounding in Belfast Lough on departure.
DECCA Slave Stations dismantled
and transferred to Islay and Tiree.
Detached parties landed at
Moville for local survey of Lough Foyle,
Calibrated Slave Stations for
Master Transmitter defective.
Coast Survey Continuation Work (April -
Coastal survey with ships boats
off Down Coast completed (May).
DECCA HI-FIX System and Slave
Stations established with assistance from
Wreck of ss
NEATSFIELD located by Sonar, marked and
least depth measured (May)
Survey completed SE of Rathlin Island
by repair of machinery defects in
Repeat Rockall Cruise
to 1964 series.
with water sampling and bathythermograph
Laboratory representative on board.
Concurrent ship soundings
Repeat of 1964 Programme in
(Note: A Mail drop including
heavy mechanical spares caused damage to
Suitable compensation was made by
ship's welfare committee
Weather conditions deteriorated
towards end of the period and swell made
to assist ss
Seaman landed at Buncrana for hospital
this month of continual activities no
breakdowns affecting ship's operation.)
Detached party with two boats
was employed in a local survey of Lough Swilly
Formal Approval for transfer to
Sales List announced 27 July 1965-
Attended Royal Review by HM the
Queen in Clyde (8 August)
(Note: Recovered detached party
from Lough Swilly
before preparing for Royal Review.)
arrangements for floodlighting.
HMS VIDAL wore flag of the Hydrographer
and five other
survey ships took part.
Final Survey in NW Approaches
(September - October)
of St. George's Channel profile (As
and least depth of Wreck in Cardigan Bay
Detached party returned to
area to continue wreck identification.
Additional party sent to Sligo.
Slave Station transferred from Tiree
to Malin Head
area in Irish
assist with sounding work.
interference with signals experienced from
commercial radio station in Germany.
Delay due to weather conditions
and sheltered in Lough Swilly
but despatched to
Royal Norwegian Navy seamen lost overboard from KNM BERGEN north of
(Note Although two rafts were
search was unsuccessful.)
Located two section of wreck of
HM Cruiser CURACOA which was sunk in North
Channel in 1942
after collision with
rms QUEEN MARY
Slave Station equipment.
Rockall Cruise (November)
Repeat of previous requirement.
On completion recovered Sligo
Ship soundings made at Sligo..
Last visit paid to Londonderry
and satisfactory full power trial
(Note: Speed 17 knots,)
Hydrographer of the Navy embarked for entry
into Plymouth on 28 November 1965.
by MERMAID and MEDUSA for final return
after 17 years
Reduced to Reserve on 2 February
1966 and placed on Disposal List.
i n a
l P h a s e
HMS DALRYMPLE was sold to
Portugal and renamed NRP AFONSO DE ALBUQUERQUE
in March 1966) This sale may be
part due to the significant degree of
co-operation and liaison between the two Hydrographic
Services. Portugal had also purchased two
other BA Class AA Frigates whose basic
machinery was identical. She continued
to be used as
Ship. She was used to carry out
work on the Portuguese Continental
Shelf, off the Azores and the Madeira
Islands. After being
de-commissioned on 14 January 1983 the
ship was used to accommodate ships
companies during refits in the
Portuguese Naval Dockyard at Lisbon.
1988 the Portuguese Naval Attache
in London confirmed
she was still used in this role and so
must have then have been the last LOCH
hull still afloat.